Adopting IPv6 in the Enterprise
Contributed by LoyCurtis Smith
Despite efforts to extend IPv4 addressing with the introduction of private IP addressing, network address translation (one private IP to one public IP conversion), and port address translation (many private IPs to one public IP conversion), the world is still en route to an inevitable path. IPv4 will eventually be completely exhausted. This inevitable depletion lead to the inception of IPv6, which provides an immense amount more IP addresses per person than its predecessor as well as many other features. While IPv6 presents solutions to some of the design flaws of IPv4, it still has yet to be completely adopted worldwide. In the recent years it has slowly started becoming mandatory for particular entities to adopt this protocol. With this mandatory push towards its adoption it is imperative that it is known what all the adoption encompasses. Opposed to IPv4, IPv6 has built in security, its address space is composed of 128 bits instead of 32 bits, it has hexadecimal characters for the much longer addressing format, and etc. This paper will provide an in-depth analysis of the adoption of IPv6. It will do so by describing IPv6 and discussing its features in comparison with IPv4 as well as discussing the advantages, disadvantages, and obstacles organizations may face with its adoption.
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